When was the last time you ate something you grew? For many of us, the answer might well be “never.” Farming, increasingly, is something that happens in distant states or even distant lands, with the results flown or trucked in for us to pick over. But how we eat is straining the environment, and as […]
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The word “farm” usually conjures up images of lush greenery, animals and Midwestern amber waves of grain. Yet rarely, if ever, does the word invoke a Brooklyn, New York, parking lot. It may sound unreal, but one team of entrepreneurs has set up farms — in shipping containers, no less — to bring fresh produce to […]
In 2017, the list of predictions for what will cost more is long. You’ll even spend more without even leaving home, as rent and house prices are expected to increase.
Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields assessing crop health and soil conditions. Ground sensors are monitoring the amount of water and nutrients in the soil, triggering irrigation and fertiliser applications.
What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.
As Detroit car makers and Silicon Valley tech giants vie to bring driverless cars to U.S. roads, one of the world’s largest tractor makers is looking to do the same down on the farm. Case IH, the agricultural-machinery unit of CNH Industrial NV, this week unveiled a sleek, aggressive-looking red-and-black machine at the annual Farm Progress […]
In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here’s a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world.